"Those who beat their swords into ploughshares will plough for those who do not."
Thanks for all the insightful work.
I met with a prospective client today. He wants to sue a local city, claiming he was wrongfully terminated. He was formerly an assistant engineer for a neighboring City for 7 years (which City just happened to file for Chapter 9 Bk recently). He left that job, for his job at a nearby City, as an assistant engineer, elected to do so for higher pay and generous benefits. He worked in the building department, responsible for checking plans, etc. His pay was $75,000 per year, with generous benefits. Did I say "generous benefits?" Oh yes, I did. They were generous for sure.
When he was hired on, claiming he possessed a B.S. in Civil Engineering, from a college in the Phillipines. He was experienced, having done the same job for 7 years at a different city. He worked at this new job for three years, receiving satisfactory marks. After three years, though, his filipino boss was transferred out. A new boss took over. A white woman.
The City, faced with declining revenues, ordered budget cuts. Department sections were consolidated, positions vacated by retirements were unfilled and eliminated. Not a single City worker in the engineering department was fired or laid off.
Notably, prospective client did not get laid off or down sized, however, his workload increased, to include having to perform more work unsupervised. His work performance suffered, many mistakes were made, complaints mounted against him. (Mind you, this was a guy with now 10 years experience, making $75,000 a year). His written performance evaluations, every quarter, and annually, were dismal. Time and time again, he was asked to improve, and time and time again, no improvement was made.
Finally, in Jan. 2012, he was terminated. His union appealed, and the appeal was rejected.
Prospective client came to me to represent him in a wrongful termination lawsuit.
I kept asking prospective client "Why did they fire you?" Prospective client kept saying: "I don't know." I asked about the negative performance review. He said they were true, but he had explanations.
I told client he had no case, and he would be better off trying to get another job in the private sector with his years and years of experience. He said no one was hiring, not even other cities, who would not even put him on the list of candidates due to his termination. His gravy train existence is OVER, for sure.
Now, let's contrast this with the private sector. Budget downsize? Layoffs, no questions asked. Even if guy was still employed, after two or three negative quarterly performance reviews, the guy would be let go. Instead, in the public sector, that guy got to keep his job, taking tax payer money, for three solid years.
That guy was working the plan check counter, denying private developers their opportunities to create revenue. A guy with 10 years experience, solely within the government sector. The guy had never worked a private sector job in his life.
And you wonder why the Inland Empire is beset with negative economic growth?
The guy is a marginal worker, at best, hangs on for three years, gets terminated, draws unemployment for three months, then STILL wants me to go get him money in a wrongful termination lawsuit?
Until this mentality is wiped out, there is no hope. It will take a generation of hard times to correct this "give-me-mine, you-owe-me" mentality.
The private sector needs a total makeover, free from leeches like this guy.
The PEZ will change all this.
gOOd pEEps lOOks like the crew @ the speak!!
where to find me bro. there is a reason i woke up so early this am.....it was to find this thread. printing out the 30 pages above, let me get back to you on that.
but to this 2nd liTTle gem of yours aLLow me to ask a few fmi q's. 1 was this pc born in the usa? were his parents? english a 1st language? either way, this aTTitude i find shocking. 2. is the degrEE of this pc from the phiLLies legit or a crockAshEEt? 3. how is it poSSible for someone to get 3 years of unsatisfactory job reviews for any time period greater than 12 months in this economy, esp. @ a new job? 10 years ago, ok, maybe, and anywhere, but today a bankrupt IE city, reaLLy>>>even in my union game, that is more than generous. borderline crazy...IMVFHO the union had to file that, knew it would come back. the worst thing about unions is dead weight. 5. not that any of this maTTers as i am sure you wiLL not be speaking with this pc again...but interesting to sEE how insane is this game.....so rEEl q here.....how many times did you draw blOOd from biting your lip? peace